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Beautician Shahnaz Hussain offers tips and answers queries. You can send your queries to shahnaz_ press@yahoo.co.in

I have oily skin and am slightly dark. I want to lighten my skin colour and make it glow. Is egg white good for oily skin?

-Suhana

Yes, you can use egg white for oily skin and it can be used daily. In fact, it has a cleansing and brightening effect. Mix a little honey, lemon juice and egg white and apply on the face daily, and wash it off after 15 minutes. It will help lighten skin colour. For oily skin, you can apply a face mask twice a week. Mix together one teaspoon curd, one teaspoon honey, four teaspoons oatmeal and egg white. Apply on the face, avoiding the lips and the area around eyes. Wash after 20 to 30 minutes. Mix the liquid ingredients gradually to get the right consistency (it should be a thick paste, and not drip) . It will help lighten skin colour over a period of time. For glowing skin, nutritious diet, exercise and adequate sleep are also important.

Is daily massage for hair recommended? I also want to know if all face packs contain Multani mitti. My face looks more oily when I apply any face pack, including one with neem. - Vaishnavee

Daily hair massage is notrecommended. In fact, youshould avoid vigorous massageor rubbing, especially ifyou have hair loss. Apply oilonce or twice a week, and rubit into the scalp with smallcircular movements using thefingertips. Not all face packscontain Multani mitti. But, itsuits oily skin better. Mix itwith rose water and lemonjuice and apply on the facetwice or thrice a week to combatoily skin. Wash when dry.This will reduce oiliness andalso lighten skin colour over aperiod of time.

Please suggest a remedy for dry and rough palms.

Priti

Wear gloves while performing household chores that involve water. After using soap and detergent, massage cream into the skin. Twice a week, soak your hands for 10 minutes in a bowl of warm milk. This will soften the skin. I have a dandruff problem. The dandruff is not dry, and sticks to the scalp or hair. When I scrape it, the hair also comes out.

You have sticky dandruff. Avoid scraping with the nails. It can lead to an infection. Wash your hair with a mild herbal shampoo three or four times a week, using less shampoo, and rinse it well. Half-an-hour before shampooing, lightly massage two tablespoons of vinegar into the scalp. Once a week, heat olive oil or gingelly oil and apply on the scalp at night using cotton wool. Rub gently to dislodge the flakes. Leave on overnight. Next morning, apply the juice of a lemon half-an-hour before shampooing. Weekly henna treatments will also help. Include fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts and yogurt in your daily diet. Drink six to eight glasses of water daily and ask your doctor to prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements.

What does facial scrub mean? - Saki

Facial scrubs are grainy substances applied on the skin to deep cleanse it. They help remove dead skin cells, discourage blackheads and also lighten marks and scars. Rice powder can be mixed with curd and used as a scrub. Or, try ground almonds with curd or rose water. The scrub should be applied on the face and rubbed gently with small circular movements. Wash off with water. Ready-to-use facial scrubs are also available. For dry skin, use a scrub only once a week. Those with oily skin can use it twice or thrice a week. Avoid applying scrubs on pimples, acne or rashes.

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